Community council needs new members
Alyth residents are being urged to step forward and join the town’s community council to save it from falling in to abeyance.
Those involved with the group have warned that it will disappear this week if the statutory organisation fails to attract new members.
The current chair of Alyth Community Council, Amanda Blakeman, announced earlier this year that she will be standing down at the group’s AGM on Wednesday after 11 years. And she renewed an appeal for more local residents to get on board and play a role in their community.
Amanda said:“Community councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland.
“They bridge the gap between local authorities and local communities.
“Their primary purpose is to ascertain and express the views of the community to the local authority and to other public bodies, especially in areas such as planning.
“Alyth Community Council has a long history of involvement in a wide range of other activities including fundraising, organising community events, undertaking environmental and educational projects and more.
“There are currently six members of Alyth Community Council and we have five vacancies.
“However, after 11 years on the community council I feel it is time for me to stand down.
“I have a number of other work and voluntary commitments, particularly my involvement with the Alyth Development Trust, which is a very different group to the community council.
“When I stand down, there will only be five members of the community council, which is not enough for the organisation to legally function.
“It will therefore fold if no one comes forward to join.”
Alyth Community Council meets once a month, except in July and December, on a Wednesday night.
Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend the AGM at 7pm on Wednesday, May 24 in the Lesser Town Hall.
Standing down Amanda Blakeman